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  • Philadelphia Street and 4th Street
    Indiana, PA 15701
  • Category: Landmarks
  • Sub-Category: African American History Guide
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Jamison House

Brief History

Mr. Jamison operated this house as a hotel; his son reportedly assisted runaway slaves. Samuel Jamison's father ran the Eastern Inn in Indiana. In 1848, he hid the runaways in the Caldwell barn on Gompers Hill. That night the bounty hunters showed up-they were staying at the Inn. They locked Samuel in and offered him cash to tell them where the black community was. Sam refused and when they slept, escaped and found Sheriff Jimmy Taylor who was also a conductor. He moved the fugitives on. Sam, 22, left that year for the Gold Rush and returned to Indiana in 1876.